Food trucks, DJs, vintage clothing, vendors, and much more
By Tania Arora, Staff Reporter
At Eastside Flea you can witness local talent from all across British Columbia. The market is East Van’s newly-relocated hub showcasing the best of culture and art, featuring everything from live music to fresh food and all kinds of incredible vendors.
The Eastside Flea relocated to Eastside Studios at 550 Malkin Avenue this September. The entry ticket is $3, and the studio provides quite a big sitting space where you can relax. The essence of the market is its vintage clothing sale starting from just $5.
Right from the entrance of the studio, the flea market bleeds vintage. The food trucks parked at the entrance have a list of lip-smacking items you won’t be able to resist. From old school comfort food by Cheezee; to tacos, burritos, and bowls by Bandidas Taqueria; and even serving lattes, assorted teas, and many more by Brewnetti Cafe—you can definitely start your exploration with a happy stomach.
Tayybeh is a food company that helps women from Syria start working as chefs, giving them income as well as a sense of community. They are one of the many vendors and surprisingly, their traditional Syrian food looks to be all vegan.
If you get thirsty, the market has a big bar set up for you. The cocktail menu holds palomas, Dark and Stormies, kombucha, micheladas, Negronis, Caesars, and many more. The beer people need not worry—they cater to the craft-lovers too.
Tartics has an amazing collection of art with dark humor and irony, and it’s just not them! You can find a plethora of talented artists showcasing their work, from embroidered and painted hoops to bookmarks, postcards to animation illustrations. These are not just some regular people; they are all artists with their best pieces there to show you.
If you’re fond of authentic and vintage jewelry, Eastside Flea is exactly the place for you to discover your perfect collection.
You may also be able to meet some entrepreneurs in this market. One of them is Amanda, who along with her girlfriend started Slaab Designs, which sells handmade concrete creations. Her stall features scented soy candles with concrete bases.
The list could go on and on about the vendors, artists, entrepreneurs, cuisines, drinks, and more. This Eastside Flea is a must-visit hub for everyone out there, for youngsters to experience the old classics and for others to relive the good old days. You will be able to find all the essentials under one roof, all-natural and handmade.